3 Aug 2009

Morning Report: local papers

7:02 am on 3 August 2009

Monday's papers: youth unemployment package announced; fatal avalanche at Coronet Peak; whelk shell of hermit crab replaced by a glass replica.

NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald leads with Prime Minister John Key promising further measures to tackle soaring unemployment. That's on top of a $152 million plan to get young New Zealanders off the dole, that was announced on Sunday.

A special education centre in Mt Roskill is to lose funding for therapists, a decision that the paper says will have horrific consequences for children.

A snowboarder died in hospital on Sunday night after being buried by an avalanche at Coronet Peak near Queenstown.

Dominion Post

The Dominion Post also leads on the youth unemployment package: it says the Government plans to scrap the dole for 16 to 18 year-olds.

There's coverage of the avalanche tragedy.

Liam Todd, aged eight, is pictured playing rugby, a year after he was sidelined by a rare facial tumour. He was the youngest person in the world to suffer from an aggressive myoepithelioma tumour.

The Press

The Government's plan on youth unemployment also leads The Press which says it will be compulsory for young people to be in training or employment.

The paper says rescuers managed to free the man trapped by the avalanche after two hours of digging, but he later died in hospital.

An exhausted pooch is pictured on the front page at an animal show in Christchurch.

ODT

The Otago Daily Times says rescuers had to dig 2.5 metres down to free the man trapped in the avalanche.

Murvill Construction of Dunedin has been placed in voluntary liquidation and the company's managing director says other companies could soon be in the same position.

A hermit crab at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium has had its old whelk shell replaced by a man-made glass replica.